Memorial: M1297

Cenotaph, Beechey Island, Nanuvut, Canada commemorating Captain Isaac Barnett, RN and George Harris, RN, d. 1854


Cenotaph, Beechey Island, Nanuvut, Canada, Rest of the World


‘Sacred / TO THE MEMORY OF / ISAAC BARNETT / CAPTAIN OF THE MAIN TOP / AND / GEORGE HARRIS, A.B., SEAMAN, / OF H.M.S. ASSISTANCE / THE LATTER ATTACHED TO H.M.S. / TENDER PIONEER / ISAAC BARNETT / DEPARTED THIS LIFE / ON 28TH JANUARY 1854 / AGED 28 YEARS / GEORGE HARRIS / DEPARTED THIS LIFE / ON THE 9TH JANUARY, 1854 / AGED 30 1/4 YEARS / Both fell victim to scurvy, although / the former laboured primarily under / scorbutic affection [sic] of the ankle / Their remains lie interred on shore at / Disaster Bay, where H.M.S. Assistance / and tender wintered, 1853-54 / Blessed are those who die in the Lord'


Description: Lead plate fixed to octagonal wooden memorial surmounted by a ball.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Wood, lead
Vessel: HMS Assistance


Barnett, Isaac
Age: 28
Date of Death: 28/1/1854
Cause of Death: Scurvy
Rank / Occupation: Captain of the Main top
Organisation: Royal Navy
Harris, George
Age: 30
Date of Death: 9/1/1854
Cause of Death: Scurvy
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy


Bibliography: Sir Edward Belcher 'The Last of the Arctic Voyages: being an narrative of the expedition in HMS Assistance under the command of Sir Edward Belcher, CB, in search of Sir John Franklin, during the years 1852-53-54' (London, 1855). 'Further papers relative to the recent Arctic expedition in search of Sir John Franklin and the crews of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror' (HMSO, 1855) p. 63.